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3903 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 388-3417
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The Reverend Dr. Kate Cress, Rector

THE CHOIR OF SAINT JAMES

Jae Park, Assistant Conductor
Dr. Tom Mueller, Associate Organist
Canon James Paul Buonemani, Artistic Director & Organist-Choirmaster

Justin Baker, Production Manager
Adolfo Angulo, Concert Administrator

Bill Vestal, Artistic Director, Classical Sundays at Six

3903 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California   90010

Saint James Music Office: 213/388-3015

Email: GreatMusic@SaintJamesLA.org

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We are located in the Wilshire Center district of Los Angeles, two blocks west of Western Avenue. Ramp accessible.

Metro Purple Line: Wilshire/Western station, then walk two blocks west.

Street parking available with additional free concert parking at 3926 Wilshire Blvd. across from the front of the church.

Pandemic Protocols and Ticketing
With the pandemic showing signs of abatement, the wearing of masks is now optional. However, in our commitment to provide as safe an environment as possible, Great Music at Saint James is still requiring proof of vaccination at entry (boosters are optional).

Seating is now available at full capacity and tickets through Eventbrite are no longer necessary.

Please come and enjoy our concerts free of charge (no tickets required), masks optional, but WITH YOUR PROOF OF VACCINATION.

Thank you for your cooperation.
PARKING

Free Parking available across from the front of church at 3926 Wilshire Blvd.

DIRECTIONS FOR FREE PARKING:

IF DRIVING NORTH ON ST. ANDREWS AWAY FROM WILSHIRE: Turn left on 6th street; Turn left on Wilton Pl; Turn left on Wilshire; When arriving at 3926 Wilshire Blvd, turn into driveway and gate will automatically open. Park anywhere.This is the front entrance labeled “Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles.”

IF DRIVING SOUTH ON ST. ANDREWS TOWARD WILSHIRE: Turn left on Wilshire, then an immediate right onto St. Andrew’s Place; Turn right on Ingraham; Turn right on S. Wilton Pl.; then turn right on Wilshire Blvd. When arriving at 3926 Wilshire Blvd, turn into driveway and gate will automatically open. Park anywhere.This is the front entrance labeled “Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles.”

PLEASE EXIT NO LATER THAN 7:30 PM, OR YOU WILL BE LOCKED IN!!

International Laureates Organ Series

We invite you to experience great organ music played on the David John Falconer Memorial Organ (originally built in 1911 for St. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Los Angeles, by Murray M. Harris). Comprising over 5,000 pipes in total, the organ is an important part of Los Angeles musical history and takes its place among the country’s most important and magnificent instruments.

We have moved our 2021 slate of celebratory recitalists to 2022 as we continue to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the rebuilding of this magnificent pipe organ at St. James Church as well as the launching of our series Great Music at Saint James itself which has featured over 250 of the most distinguished organists from throughout the world.  This season we welcome Canadian organist Ken Cowan, British organists Clive Driskill-Smith and  Jeremy Filsell, and American organists Alcee ChrisTodd Wilson, Christopher Houlihan and our own Associate Organist, Tom Mueller. We are especially excited to have Todd Wilson, Head of the organ department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, launch a 2-CD album on the Gothic label at his October 10 recital. The David John Falconer Memorial Organ will be feted with this first commercially available recording including a newly written composition written specially for the occasion by our Organist-Choirmaster James Buonemani.

These recitals are offered as a gift to the community free of charge, and we are grateful to the Ahmanson Foundation and our Friends of Great Music for their continuing support. (Please note Pandemic Protocols and Ticketing information above.) Freewill offering.

Classical Sundays at Six

Beginning in 1948 at Exposition Park, Sundays Live is now presented at St. James in-the-City as Classical Sundays at Six, part of our broader offerings of Great Music at Saint James. It is the oldest continuing chamber music series in Southern California, and we are honored to continue Bill Vestal’s leadership as Artistic Director in its new format at St. James.

Offered twice a month, on the 1st and 3rd Sundays at 6 PM (October through May), Classical Sundays at Six will feature chamber, orchestral, and solo artists from Southern California and around the globe streaming live and on-demand. Together with our International Laureates Organ Series and Evensongs on the 2nd Sundays, Great Music at St. James continues to make St. James in-the-City an inspirational concert destination October through May. (Please note Pandemic Protocols and Ticketing information above.) Freewill offering.

Solemn Evensong

The semi-professional Choir of Saint James distinguished itself in 1996 as the first American Choir to have sung in performance with the Choir of Westminster Abbey, London. They have since completed four tours of the British Isles and are pleased to offer the Los Angeles community the uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 PM. Starting October 10, 2021, a subset of the full Choir of Saint James will sing in-person, live-streamed, services of Evensong. As with other concert offerings, an advanced purchased (free) online ticket will be required. (Please note Pandemic Protocols and Ticketing information above.) Freewill offering.

Advent Procession of Lessons and Carols

Patterned after the ever-popular service of Nine Lessons and Carols originating from King’s College, Cambridge, England, the Choir of Saint James offers this service on the Third Sunday of Advent, December 12, 2021. (Please note Pandemic Protocols and Ticketing information above.) Freewill offering.

Friends of Great Music

We are grateful to our Friends of Great Music whose support has made our musical offerings possible. If you are not already a Friend of Great Music at St James, please consider becoming one. 

Your tax-deductible gift will be acknowledged in all our Evensong, Organ Recital and Classical Sundays at Six programs (unless otherwise requested). 

Special thanks to the Ahmanson Foundation (major support given to the International Laureates Organ Series) and to the Colburn Foundation (major support given to Classical Sundays at Six) for their leadership grants. 

To make your contribution, please visit stjla.org/musicfriends. You can also contribute by sending a check made payable to Great Music at St. James and mailed to

Great Music at St. James
St. James Church
3903 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA   90010

Thank you!

Archangel - $5,000
Angel - $2,500
Sustaining Sponsor - $1,000
Benefactor - $500
Patron - $250
Associate - $125
Contributor - $65
Donor - $25

2021-2022 Music Event Schedule

All concerts are live streamed. No tickets required for online viewing.

October 3 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Capitol Ensemble

Phillip Levy & Maya Magub, violins; Michael Larco, viola; Robert deMaine, cello; Dahae Kim, cello

"Powerful playing... clean articulation, appealing tasteful and confident sense of style... taking no aspect of music at face value." (London Telegraph, Wigmore Hall Debut Recital)

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October 10 | 4:30 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 PM.

The Choir of Saint James will sing the Evening Canticles by Herbert Howells (Collegium Regale), "Cantique de Jean Racine” by Gabriel Fauré, “Ave Maris Stella” by Palestrina and the Responses by Richard Ayleward. Freewill offering.

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6:00 PM

International Laureates Organ Series
Todd Wilson

Regarded across America and around the world as one of today’s finest concert organists, Todd Wilson serves as head of the Organ Department at The Cleveland Institute of Music, and is also Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio and Curator of the E.M. Skinner pipe organ at Severance Hall (home of The Cleveland Orchestra).

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October 17 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Sophia Stoyanovich & Derek Wang

American-born violinist, Sophia Stoyanovich, (1996) has captivated audiences since her premiere at age ten with the Bremerton Symphony. 

Derek Wang, piano, is a New York-based soloist, collaborator, and communicator whose commitment to wholehearted listening informs his loving inquiry into both classic and new scores. 

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November 7 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Ciaramella Early Music Ensemble

Adam Gilbert, Rotem Gilbert, Douglas Milliken,
recorders, shawms, bagpipes
Aki Nishiguchi, recorder, shawm; Adam Bregman, sackbut
Malachai Komanoff Bandy, viola da gamba, shawm
Jason Yoshida, guitars, percussion; Mary Van Hoozer, hurdy gurdy

 

Join Ciaramella in their return to live performances with a concert of spinning dances from the Renaissance, from the courtly basse danses of fifteenth-century courts to rousing sixteenth-century bransles de Champaigne, alongside love songs with subtle turns of phrase spun by Fortune’s Wheel. Performed in recorder, shawm, bagpipe, sackbut, viol, and hurdy gurdy.
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November 14 | 4:30 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 PM. Freewill offering.

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6:00 PM

International Laureates Organ Series
Ken Cowan

Regarded as one of North America’s finest concert organists and praised for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique, and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike, Ken Cowan maintains a rigorous performing schedule that takes him to major concert venues in America, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

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November 21 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
The New Zimro Ensemble - Music of the Russian & Polish Jewish Experience

Beginning in 1918, famed Soviet composer Sergei Prokofieff spent a few years in New York City, meeting up with a group of his former classmates from the St. Petersburg Conservatory, who formed a sextet dedicated to performances of Jewish chamber music, a new phenomenon in turn-of the-century Russia, which was showing increasing enthusiasm for celebrating cultural nationalism. The New Zimro Ensemble takes its name from that pioneering ensemble of 100 years ago, propelling the work of Prokofieff’s school chums into the 21st century.

Xiao Chen, piano; Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, violin; Yasmina Spiegelberg, clarinet; Jason Pegis, cello; Neal Brostoff, guest pianist

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December 5 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Samuel Nebyu, violin
Jacopo Giacopuzzi, piano

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December 12 | 4:30 PM

Advent Service of Lessons and Carols
The Choir of Saint James

Patterned after the ever-popular service of Nine Lessons and Carols originating from King’s College, Cambridge, England, the Choir of Saint James offers this service on the Third Sunday of Advent, December 12, 2021. (Please note Pandemic Protocols and Ticketing information above.) Freewill offering.

This event is SOLD OUT for in-person attendance. Watch the live stream here. 

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December 19 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
The Hollywood Trio

Roberto Cani, violin
Eric Byers, cello
Inna Faliks, piano

Program: Music of Franz Schubert: Notturno in Eb Major, Op. 148; Piano Trio in Bb, Op. 99

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January 2 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Douglas Masek, Soprano & Alto Saxophone
Neal Stulberg, piano

Varied program.

Live-stream only.

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January 9 | 4:30 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

This event has been cancelled due to the Omicron variant surge.

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6:00 PM

International Laureates Organ Series
Alcee Chriss

Winner of the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition and the Firmin Swinnen Silver Medal at the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, Alcee Chriss III is widely regarded as one of the leading young organists of our time.  He has been celebrated for his “grace, skill and abundant proficiency” by the Journal Assist News, Albuquerque.  And of his prize-winning performance at the Longwood Gardens Competition, Choir and Organ Magazine declared, “Chriss stole the show.”

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January 16 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
William Kanengiser, guitar

Recognized as one of America’s finest classical guitarists, William Kanengiser won first prize in the 1987 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, as well as major international guitar competitions in Toronto (1981) and Paris (1983). Read more about this artist.

Program includes:
Joaquín Turina: Fantasia Sevillana; John Duarte: English Suite; Golfam Khayam: Lost Land; Bryan Johanson: The Bootlegger’s Tale; Dušan Bogdanović: Three African Sketches; Brian Head: Brookland Boogie

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February 6 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Emerging Artists Series
Crossroads School Chamber Orchestra

Emerging Artists from The Crossroads School Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Alexander Treger, perform Jean-Baptist Bréval's Duet No. 3 in D for violin and cello; Beethoven's Piano Sonata in A, Op 2, No 2; Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D (mvt 1); Kousevitzky's Concert for Double Bass (mvt 2); Frank Bridge's "Valse Russe" from his Miniatures; and Schubert's Trout Quintet (mvt. 1).

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February 13 | 4:30 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

This event has been cancelled.

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6:00 PM

International Laureates Organ Series
Christopher Houlihan

The organist Christopher Houlihan has established an international reputation as an “intelligently virtuoso musician” (Gramophone), hailed for his “glowing, miraculously life-affirming performances” (Los Angeles Times).

His program includes Mendelssohn's Sonata No. 1 in F Minor; Andantino from Debussy's String Quartet in G Minor (arr by Guilmant/Houlihan); Dupré's Deux Esquisses, Op. 41; Florence Price's Suite No. 1; Vierne's Naïades from 24 Pièces de Fantasie; and Franck's Pièce Héroïque. Read more about this artist.

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February 20 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Bassoonist Judith Farmer and Friends

Ambroise Aubrun, violin; Virginie d'Avezac, viola; Armen Ksajikian, cello; Judith Farmer, bassoon, perform:

W.A. Mozart - Duo No. 2 in B-flat major for Violin and Viola, K. 424

Gernot Wolfgang - Common Ground for Bassoon and Violoncello

François Devienne - Quartet in C major for Bassoon and String Trio, Opus 73, No.

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March 6 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Emerging Artists Series
Colburn Youth Orchestra

Emerging Artists: The Colburn Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Maxim Eshkenazy, perform L'Arlésienne Suites 1 & 2 by Georges Bizet and Realm by Maxim Eshkenazy.

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March 13 | 4:30 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

The Choir of Saint James resumes in-person Evensongs with this evening's performance of the "Gloucester" service of Herbert Howells, "Jesu, the very thought of thee" by Paul Halley, "Mother of God, Here I Stand" by John Tavener and the "Responses" by William Byrd.

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6:00 PM

International Laureates Organ Series
Clive Driskill-Smith

Clive Driskill-Smith performs Francis Jackson's "Fanfare," Petr Eben's "Moto ostinato," Edward Elgar's "Salut d'amour," Herbert Howells' "Rhapsody in C# Minor," Dupré's "Toccata" from his 2nd Symphony, Leo Sowerby's "Carillon," Derek Bourgeois' "Serenade," Handel's "Organ Concerto in F," Enrico Bossi's "Etude symphonique," and Charles-Marie Widor's "La Chasse."

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March 20 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Michele Zukovsky, Susan Greenberg and Friends

Michele Zukovsky, clarinet; Susan Greenberg, flute; Maria Newman, violin; Sheng-Ching Hsu, violin; Scott Hosfeld, viola; Paula Hochhalter, cello; Althea Waites, piano. Music to be performed: Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A; Haydn's Symphony No. 94 (arr. Salomon)

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April 3 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
The Capitol Ensemble 

Phillip Levy, violin; Maya Magub, violin; Jonathan Moerschel, viola; Trevor Handy, cello & Tae Yeon Lim, piano, perform the Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 100 by Julius Roentgen (U.S. Premiere); Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 by Robert Schumann.

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April 10 | 4:30 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

The Choir of Saint James will present a Palm Sunday Evensong singing the famous "Miserere mei" by Gregorio Allegri, "Magnificat & Nunc Dmittis" by Ēriks Ešenvalds, "Set me as a seal" by William Walton, and "Salve Regina" by Cristóbal de Morales.

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6:00 PM

International Laureates Organ Series
Tom Mueller

Tom Mueller, Associate Organist at St. James Church, Los Angeles, performs Bach's Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C, BWV 564 by Bach; Saeta IV by Edoardo Torres; Mueller's own Organ Sonata; and the Fantasie on "Wie schön leuchtet" by Heinrich Reimann.

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April 17 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Petronel Malan

Pianist Petronel Malan performs the music of Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas in C (Kk 132/L 457), G (Kk 427/L 286), and A major (Kk 39/L 391; Mozart's Sonata in D, K 576, "Summer Moon," "Clouds" and "In Sentimental Mood" by Florence Price; and Liszt's Valse Impromptu, S. 213.

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May 1 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Emerging Artists Series
Honors Ensembles from the Colburn School

Performing works by Brahms, Ewald, Fauré, Hindemith, Mendelssohn, and Ravel.

Beginning in 1948 at Exposition Park, Sundays Live is now presented at St. James in-the-City as Classical Sundays at Six, part of our broader offerings of Great Music at Saint James. It is the oldest continuing chamber music series in Southern California, and we are honored to continue our relationship with the faculty and students of the Colburn School.

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May 8 | 4:30 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

The Choir of Saint James sings the "Responses" by James Buonemani, "Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in G" by Herbert Sumsion, "All wisdom cometh from the Lord" by Philip Moore, "Trahe me, post te" by Francisco Guerrero.

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6:00 PM

International Laureates Organ Series
Jeremy Filsell

For the past twenty-six years we have been honored to host many of the most distinguished organists from throughout the world. Tonight we present Jeremy Filsell as our artist for this concert. British-born Jeremy Filsell is one of a remarkably few virtuoso performers who concertizes equally as organist and pianist and who often performs recitals featuring both instruments. With piano concerto repertoire from Mozart to Rachmaninoff, as well as British composers, solo piano repertoire from Schubert to Howells to Gershwin, and a vast organ repertoire including the complete works of Marcel Dupré (Gramophone proclaimed his recordings of the complete Dupré to be “one of the greatest achievements in organ recording.”), his programs offers delightful variety, interest, and suave British pomp. Dr. Filsell is the Director of Music and Organist of St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue in New York City

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May 15 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
The Pacific Trio

Roger Wilkie, violin; John Walz, cello; and Edith Orloff, piano, perform Beethoven's Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1, "Ghost" and Smetana's Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 15.

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